Penn Global Health Career Day:  Saturday March 31, 2007


The first Penn Global Health Career Day was held on March 31, 2007.  This event was well-received by more than 150 students, faculty and staff from institutions throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.  We hope to be able to offer an event like this annually.  If you missed any part of the day, you can view the video that was recorded.  Just click on one of the four videos below:

Career Day Videos

(Real Player is required and a broadband connection is recommended):



Detailed Agenda

7:30-8:00 a.m. SIGN-IN/COFFEE

8:00-8:10 a.m. INTRODUCTION

Steve Larson, MD, Penn School of Medicine


Michele Barry, MD, FACP
Yale University School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Director, Office of International Health
The Global Health Service Corps
Resource-poor countries face myriad challenges in their efforts to improve health (insufficient funds, unreliable supply of materials, grossly deficient infrastructure).  These problems are exacerbated by an ongoing global human resource crisis – health systems are understaffed at all levels: doctors, nurses, lab technicians and others.  Long-term improvement in these areas will require local solutions in each country – enhanced training capacity, improved retention practices.  It will also require policy changes in wealthier nations, e.g. eliminating recruiting practices that lure scarce trained professionals away from resource-poor countries (with no effort to compensate nations for the loss).

While these systemic changes could provide longer term solutions, a gap remains today.  A coalition of academics and policymakers has proposed one potential solution – the creation of a Global Health Service Corps.  ­­­­Dr. Michele Barry helped shape the proposal for this corps, and will present details on the plans, potential impact and challenges. 


Global Health CareersLocal, National, and International levels

For individuals considering careers in global health, there is a dizzying array of career options, including local clinics in resource-poor settings, country program design, and international policy work.  Panelists will present a selection of global health career options.

10:30-11:00 a.m.   COFFEE BREAK

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS

Medical/nursing training provides the clinical skills necessary to help individual patients in need.  Broader impact on health programs at local, regional and international levels can require additional training in management, systems design, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and more.  What expertise is most useful to the public health practitioner?  What specific skills can each joint degree program offer? 

12:30-1:30 p.m.   LUNCH ON YOUR OWN


While some students will choose to direct their entire career toward global health pursuits, others hope to engage in global health while maintaining a practice in the US.  What opportunities are available to this latter group?

 3:00-3:30 p.m.   COFFEE BREAK

 3:30-5:00 p.m.   CHOOSING A RESIDENCY

Which specialties are most useful in day-to-day medical practice in resource-poor countries?  In policy positions (at the country and global levels)?  Are there specific opportunities to stay involved in global health while training (Harvard’s Internal Medicine residency, which integrates training in the U.S. and abroad)?

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Transportation to Penn

The University of Pennsylvania campus is located in an area of West Philadelphia known as University City. Please click here for the Penn webpage that serves as a guide to using public and private transportation effectively. 

Lunch -- On Your Own

There are a number of places where you can dine in or take out lunch near the BRB II Building on Curie Boulevard.  Lunch break is only one hour.  Closest locations are on Spruce Street, between 36th & 38th.  Below you will find a map of the medical school buildings, and their relationship to Spruce Street.  Scroll down for a list of restaurants/ take-out establishments.

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Allegro Pizza - 3942 Spruce St

Auntie Anne's Pretzels - 3405 Walnut St

Avril 50 - 3406 Sansom St

Beijing Restaurant - 3714 Spruce St

Bubble House - 3404 Sansom St

Bucks County Coffee - 3430 Sansom St

Cereality - 3631 Walnut St

Copabanana - 4000 Spruce St

Cosi - 140 S 36th St

Dunkin' Donuts - 3437 Walnut St

Famous Famiglia Pizza - 3409 Walnut St

Fresh Grocer - 4001 Walnut St

Gia Pronto - 3736 Spruce St

Greek Lady - 222 S 40th St

Izzy & Zoe's - 224 S 40th St

La Terrasse - 3431 Sansom St

Lee's Hoagie House - 4034 Walnut St

Mad 4 Mex - 3401 Walnut St

Moravian Cafe - 3401 Walnut St

New Deck Tavern - 3408 Sansom St

Penn Bookstore Cafe - 3601 Walnut St

Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar - 3611 Walnut St

Pod - 3636 Sansom St

Qdoba Mexican Grill - 230 S 40th St

Quiznos Sub - 3409 Walnut St

Saladworks - 3728 Spruce St

Starbucks Coffee - 3400 Walnut St

Taco Bell - 3409 Walnut St

White Dog Cafe - 3420 Sansom St

Wawa – 3604 Chestnut Street

Last updated:  September 13, 2013

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